There is nothing like celebrating our collective accomplishments with our closest friends and supporters. We had just that honor at our annual benefit last October 9th at the IAC Building in New York City, kicking the night off with a rockstar panel of luminaries (Andrew Ross Sorkin, Anne Marie Slaughter, Melanne Verveer and John Gerzema) discussing the impact of women in the global economy and awarding an inspiring microfinance institution from the Middle East, Microfund for Women, with our Excellence in Leadership Award for their work promoting gender diversity within their ranks.

For the rest of the evening, our guests mixed and mingled with each other and our staff, interacting with ‘stations’ that featured our work all over the world: youth savings in Ethiopia, financial education in India and microinsurance in Jordan. But what is a benefit without a bit of fun? Throughout the night, our friends moved to the groove of music that represents our global reach. Specially curated by Anjali Banthia, the music featured tunes from Senegal, France, Egypt, Syria, Mali, Argentina, India, Algeria, Pakistan, Dominican Republic, Canada,, USA, Ireland, Ethiopia, Spain, Cape Verde, UK, Croatia, DRC, Portugal, South Africa, Afghanistan, Jordan, Cuba and South Africa. We may not have worked in all these countries but we certainly aspire to and hope that our work with our network inspires financial institutions in these countries to take up the banner of promoting women’s financial inclusion in their own countries.

If you weren’t able to join us, you can still hear what our guests heard. We’re sharing that playlist Anjali curated so you can enjoy the global beats we did that night. Unfortunately, we can’t share the incredible food by Pinch Food Design and event design by jesGORDON, but you can see them in these photos!

    • Africando – Betece
    • Africando – Mandali
    • Alabina – Bo De La Verite Si Je Mens
    • Alabina – Habibi Ya Nour El Ein
    • Amr Diab – 12
    • Amr Diab – Tamally Maak
    • Anoushka – Boy Meets Girl
    • Anoushka – Buleria con Ricardo
    • Anoushka – Inside Me
    • Anoushka – Oceanic
    • Anoushka – Traveller
    • Asala – Kabartak Ala Seedak
    • Aster Aweke – Menew
    • Bally Sagoo – Churaliya
    • Bally Sagoo – Noorie
    • Bassekou – Jonkoloni
    • Bassekou – Juru Nani
    • Bassekou – Mbowdi
    • Bassekou – Ngoni Fola
    • Béla Fleck & Oumou Sangare – Djorolen
    • Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussein & Edgar Meyer – Babar
    • Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussein & Edgar Meyer – Bubbles
    • Buddha Bar – Eshebo
    • Buddha Bar – Tango Serenato
    • Cheb Mami – Alache Alik
    • Cheb Mami – Bledi
    • Cheb Mami – Meli Meli
    • Cheb Mami – Parisien Du Nord Mix
    • Cheb Mami – Rai
    • Cheeni Kum – Jaane Do Naa
    • Contra – Pista Bachata
    • Delhi 2 Dublin – Apples
    • Delhi 2 Dublin – Synchronicity
    • Farah Siraj – Dejame Entrar
    • Farah Siraj – Min Ghairak
    • Farah Siraj – Ramam
    • Federico Aubele – Contigo
    • Federico Aubele – Diario de Viaje
    • Federico Aubele – Esta Noche
    • Federico Aubele – La Esquina
    • Gigi – Gud Fella
    • Gigi – Guramayle
    • Gigi – Mengedegna
    • Gipsy Kings – Canto a Brazil
    • Gipsy Kings – Habla Me
    • Gipsy Kings – Sevillanas
    • Gipsy Kings – Tango
    • Gipsy Kings – Trista Pena
    • Guru – Mayya
    • I Me Aur Main – Darbadar
    • Juan Serrano – Flamenco
    • Juan Serrano – Solos
    • Karsh Kale – Milan
    • Khaled – Aicha
    • Khaled – El Arbi
    • Khaled – Ne M’en Voulez Pas
    • La Excelencia – American Sueno
    • Mayra Andrade – Berimbau
    • Mayra Andrade – Seu
    • Mayra Andrade – Stória Stória
    • MC Solaar – Les Colonies
    • MC Solaar – Samedi Soir
    • Miss Pooja – Boohe Diyan
    • NFAK – Jhoole Lal
    • NFAK – Piya Re Piya Re
    • NFAK – Sanu Aik Pal Chain
    • Niraj Chag – Bangles
    • Niraj Chag – It’s Life
    • Nitin Sawhney – First Day in New York
    • Nitin Sawhney – Postales
    • Oumou Sangare – Voix de Mali et Senegal
    • Rock On – Phir Dekhiye
    • Salsa – Chico Alvarez – Cogele el Gusto (Cuba)
    • Salsa – Cubismo – Morenita (Croatia)
    • Salsa – Ricardo Lemvo – Samba Luku (DRC)
    • Shereen – Kattar Khairi
    • Susheela Raman – Same Song
    • Susheela Raman – Sarasa
    • Tango – Estrela Da Tarde – Liana
    • Violinder – Morni
    • Vusi Mahlasela – Silang Mabele
    • Youssou N’dour – Yo Le Le
    • Youssou N’dour – 7 Seconds
    • Youssou N’dour – Birima
    • Zeb & Haniya – Bibi Sanam
    • Zeb & Haniya – Paimona
    • Zindagi – Ik Junoon

 

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